I can’t decide

30 06 2009

if I like this Steve Pearce card for the action shot…


… or dislike it for the lack of color and the distance we fell from him.


Upper Deck out of replacements for Series 1

30 06 2009

A few weeks ago I sent Upper Deck three packages of cards from Upper Deck Series 1 baseball that were pack damaged in the way the only Upper Deck can (those printing lines down the middle).

Today, a return package was in my mailbox, and I could tell it wouldn’t have a happy ending.  And it didn’t.  40 damaged cards were inside, as well as “some complimentary product as a small indication of [their] appreciation.”


Leave it up to Upper Deck to take a bad situation and make it worse.  Is there anyone out there collecting this set?  Anyone at all?

The worst part is that leaves a giant 120 card hole in my 2009 Upper Deck series 1 set, and I’ve got a big stack of Series 2 cards that need to be returned.  Guess I’ll need to get those in the mail soon.

Cards from my brother: 1989 Upper Deck edition

29 06 2009

Rather than post some of the 200+ 1989 Upper Deck cards that I received from my brother while on hiatus, I’m going to post the one card that I probably would have gotten even if I hadn’t needed it.


William Hayward Wilson. “Mookie” to his friends and fans. Torment to me.

One day when I was little and trading cards with my brother, he decided that Mookie would be one of my favorite players.  If I needed a Mookie for my set, my brother would ask if I was just mking it up to get more Mookie.  If he needed a Mookie that I had, he’d pretend that I’d never trade it away.  He would throw in a Mookie to “sweeten” a trade.

As a six or seven year old, it was very aggravating, and looking back now I’m not sure why.  And rather than engage some of the more obvious defenses (pick out a player like Mookie to taunt him with, claim his infatuation with Mookie showed his love for him more than me), I would get frustrated and angry.  And the funny thing is, looking back, Mookie wasn’t all that bad of a player.


Mookie turned out to be a  career .274 hitter with 67 home runs and over 300 stolen bases.   He even held the Mets record for most triples until Jose Reyes came along.  But Mookie’s probably best known for hitting a ball that Bill Buckner just could not handle in the 1986 World Series.

World Champ Mookie Wilson. I never thought to use that one, either.

Nowadays, I can only look at a Mookie Wilson card and smile.  But please don’t look at this as a call for Mookie cards.  My brother has hooked me up with enough of them already.

2009 Topps Series 2 Jumbo box review

25 06 2009

I’m going to mail this one in a little. I’ve already sorted and filed most of the cards and then I realized I hadn’t done any sort of review. So here’s the Cliff Notes so you don’t have to read the whole thing.

Series 2 cards have a bluer tint to them when placed next to series 1 cards.  I have no idea why.

There are a few standout photos, and it seems a whole lot more of the baseball players playing baseball poses.

The horizontal card came in groups.  I never pulled one alone, and they usually came in fours and fives.

Topps still can’t get foil to print on all the cards.  I’m aggravated with both companies that they can’t quality control a little better.  Ridiculous.

My nominee for Night Owl’s Worst Card of the Year award:


Too many colors, Votto gets lost in the background, and a 30 double 20 HR guy is shown bunting.  Bleech.

Hopefully Ring of Honor gets retired before U & H.  I wish the same for Toppstown, but I know that won’t happen.

Turkey Reds look nice, but it’s hard for them not to.  40 more to add to the list.  The Legends of the Game inserts look miles better with more modern photos.  Not a fan of the series 1 incarnation, but these look nice.  I wonder why Topps changed the numbering to the players initials, though.


The World Baseball Classic inserts are, um, colorful.  Should I be excited that I got a Yuleski Gourriel?  I have no idea.

Topps is going to overuse their CMG contract people, if they haven’t already.  At least the Career Best Legends look nice.


My “hits”:  Bernie Williams jersey from the WBC, Cano bat, and a Dickerson Auto.  I’ll trade the Bernie and the Cano.

And finally, and I just noticed this so it goes last, it’s nice to see Topps found a use for that Jay Bruce photo from the 2008 U & H sell sheet.


I’d recognize that track anywhere.

Overall, an enjoyable break.  But is the fun of all those packs ruined by the lack of trading for needed cards afterwards?  I just don’t know…

Joey’s back!

23 06 2009


Call for wantlists

23 06 2009

I’ve seen others do this with varying degrees of success, but I’m going to sticky this and give it a try.

You see, in my two month absence, it seems that 100’s of new card blogs have made their way onto the scene.  And with those 100’s of new blogs are, no doubt, 100’s of wantlists.  So all I’m asking is that you post a link to your wantlist in the comments of this sticky, and I’ll go see what I can do to help you out.  It’s that simple.

So if you want cards that you need, and have a minute to cut and paste, do so here.  I’m not going to be able to fill your ’52 Topps requests, but I may be able to help with more recent fare.


2009 Topps Red Hot Rookie #3

23 06 2009

See what happens, Topps, when you cut the Red Hot Rookie set in half?  You get rookies people may actually want!  And well designed cards help, too.  It’s Topps Series 2 Red Hot Rookie #3, Andrew McCutchen!


McCutchen is ranked #2 by Baseball America in the Pirates organization this year behind Pedro Alvarez, last years 1st rounder for Pittsburgh.  McCutchen for now projects as a lead off type hitter, although if his power develops he’d be better suited hitting third.  He’s still learning how to steal bases, too.

Since his call up, though, he’s been hitting .333 with 1 HR and 2 SBs.  Pittsburgh will give him plenty of time to learn the game at the major lrague level since they have nothing to lose by doing so.

The 2009 Topps Red Hot Rookies:

#1 Fernando Martinez, OF, Mets
#2 Gordon Beckham, SS, White Sox (1 in 10 will be auto’ed)
#3 Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates